Very clean, updated hotel. Tucked a block in from Wisconcin Ave, so helps keep quiet. A block or two from the Bethesda Metro station. Took the Metro downtown for $3.65 one-way (including the $1 per trip paper-ticket surchage, couldn't figure out how to pay for the ride without the paper ticket). Bethesda must be a weathy area given the 3 brokerage houses, Bently dealer and fur shop on Wisconsin, however still didn't feel altogether safe when we left the Metro station later at night, some transient folks milling about.
Front desk staff were pleasant and helpful. Internet was free and response time was acceptable.
Rooms were nice sized - wide (not too narrow). Adjustable beds (firm/soft). Pool and fitness center OK. No windows. Life guard on duty was kind of goofy given the typical hotel-sized pool, but if you're with young children might make you feel more comfortable.
Breakfast was $15 I think, but we decided to go out. Free coffee/tea/hot chocolate/lemonade in lobby. Free popcorn in the evening (chambermaids must love it). Trader Joe's a couple of blocks down Wisconsin. Try the Italian deli/pizza place on Miller (Luce's?). Best pizza I've ever had. Try Madeline's for breakfast (a block past the Metro on Old Georgetown). When any of the stores ask you for a bag, that means you're paying a 5 cents tax just so you know. County government has nothing better to do. There were few recycling receptacles around, and none in the hotel.
Parking garage is attached to hotel, $15/day. Charge it to room, use room key to exit, and just drop in a box after you exit to check out. Municpal parking a block away, on your way to the Metro station, police station is right across the street.
Only things holding me back from a 5 rating is, the in-room safe was not open when we arrived, and the bath faucet was slow. Not sure if this was due to 13th floor location - shower was decent, so could've just been a blocked aerator. Easy things to fix if they inventoried their rooms, but not enough to have me call down to wait on someone to fix.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A chic, sexy, and entirely new downtown Bethesda hotel near the Metro. The Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda. Only one block from the Bethesda Metrorail station and two miles outside Washington DC. Step inside and soak up an ambiance equally abuzz with urban energy. Adorned in glass, with artful lighting and sleek lines, the airy two-story lobby offers an inspiring alternative to the typical Bethesda hotels near the Metro. ... more less
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